Yoshitsune

Japanese - A hero. Son of Yoshitomo and Tokiwa. His father had been killed by Kiyomori, leader of the Taira clan, and he grew up intent upon revenge. He was taught the art of swordsmanship by the king of the tengu and became extremely agile. When he met the giant, Benkei, he defeated him without a weapon merely by dodging all Benkei's blows. The giant became his lifelong friend and servant and together they defeated the Taira and drove them into the sea. When, on a later voyage, Yoshitsune's shop was assailed by the ghosts of the Taira, Benkei warded them off by reading Buddhist prayers. In some references, called Yoshitsune.

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